Dogs and cats evolved to walk, run, stalk, hunt, play, and thrive in nature. But urban life doesn't always provide our pets with this option. If you have pets in a small condominium or apartment in the city, keep them happy with these tips and tricks.
1. Give them their own space.
Use a clean cushion, basket, box, or crate as a pet bed. Place it in a comfy area that has low foot traffic and activity. This designated space in your home should serve as your dog or cat's territory, a safe place that they can retreat to and spend their time in. Place their toys in this area to associate it with positive emotions.
2. Keep them entertained.
Keep pet toys on the floor or in areas they can reach, especially when you're out. Opt for food-dispensing toys, which give your pets something interactive to entertain themselves with. Place scratching posts in your cat's favorite areas to keep its claws off the furniture. Pets need stimulating activity to keep them content.
3. Get them to exercise.
Dog experts recommend walking your dog twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. It's imperative for dogs to get fresh air, sunlight, and exercise to stay healthy. Cats don't need to be walked, but there are special harnesses for the cat-owner looking to give it a try. Unlike dogs, who tend to enjoy bustling outdoor spaces, cats need to be taken to quiet and less peopled parks. If you keep your cats strictly indoors, get them to chase a string, a small ball, or a squeaky toy to keep them active.
4. Maintain your home.
A health tip for both owner and pets -- vacuum regularly and keep the air fresh and circulating indoors. Choose pet-friendly furnishings -- do away with things that they might break, or which might cause them harm.
5. Spend quality time with your pets.
Pets have emotional needs. Spend time each day with your pets to let them know that they’re cared for.